Professional Development

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Feb 06, 2024

Not Rocket Science: Why Professional Development Keeps Developing

by Ruma Malia

The plot around successful AI adoption only thickens as we progress further into 2024. While most leaders link it to a positive impact on performance, most professionals don’t think they have the skills needed to work with new tech effectively. Don’t let these winds of dilemma overwhelm you. Ever since the dawn of industry, professional skills have been subject to evolution. Right from the hunter-gatherers who mastered crafting sharp spears to healthcare scientists working with blockchain, keeping pace with emerging skills and role expectations has been a rite of passage. Wondering how to improve professional skills in 2024? In this article we’ll take a look at takeaways from three phases in the evolution of professional development. Machine-centered skilling Specialization-focused development Continuous learning Machine-centered skilling The age of machines saw skilling move beyond the realm of art and science. Operating a machine skillfully… mastering efficiency that reflected the assembly line advantage… producing consistent output at scale became the new, in-demand skills. Mastering new technology for career advancement became critical as technology itself became more and more important in the world of work. What’s interesting? The trend wasn’t limited to training employees on factory floors. The benchmark for performance across jobs, be they desk-based or on the field, was output at volume. Such a quantitative approach to talent evaluation had professionals prioritizing skills around process optimization and time management apart from signing up for PC courses. The big takeaway: Employees are more receptive to new skills when there are proven models to […]

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